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NEW YORK (2/23/09) - The Kean University men's track and field team captured four individual titles and two Cougars qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships en-route to a fourth-place finish at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Monday afternoon. The women's team finished seventh overall, and both teams combined to break six school records in the meet. Rookie Aaron Lucas (Union, N.J.) won a pair of events, as he was named the NJAC Rookie of the Year on the men's side. Senior Jason Staggers (Jackson, N.J.) also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships to capture the triple jump title, while sophomore John Badala (Scotch Plains, N.J.) won the shot put.
Lucas provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in the high jump, and narrowly missed qualifying in the long jump as he captured both indoor championship titles. Lucas cleared a school-record 2.02 meters to win the high jump in his first NJAC championships.
In the long jump, Lucas and Staggers (pictured right) each shattered the school-record that they shared, as Lucas placed first with a leap of 6.93 meters and Staggers finished third with a jump of 6.89 meters. Lucas fell just three millimeters shy of provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships in a second event.
Staggers captured the triple jump title on his final jump, as he had a leap of 14.08 meters to surpass NCAA Division III provisional qualifying standards and shatter his own school record. He added a fifth-place finish in the high jump, clearing 1.87 meters.
Badala (pictured left) broke the shot put record, as he won the NJAC title with a throw of 14.73 meters.
Junior Jean Leblanc (East Orange, N.J.) placed sixth in 55-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 6.67 seconds, while senior Seun Oyelaja (Lagos, Nigeria) was seventh in the 200-meter dash in 23.00 seconds.
In the 800-meter run, senior Dwayne Dobbins (Mount Holly, N.J.) was eighth in 2:00.89.
The relay squad of junior Matt Gough (Jefferson, N.J.), Leblanc, sophomore Chris Pegeron (Plainfield, N.J.) and Oyelaja broke the school record in the 800-meter relay, placing second in 1:31.57.
In the distance medley relay, freshman Raymond Clinkscale (Edison, N.J.), sophomore Rolland Ying (East Brunswick, N.J.), freshman Kevin Paiva (Union, N.J.) and sophomore Kevin Scribner (Patchogue, N.Y.) teamed up to finish fifth in a time of 11:59.82.
Gough, Oyelaja, Staggers and senior Reggie James (Willingboro, N.J.) placed sixth in the 1600-meter relay in 3:33.84, while junior Paterson Pacquiot (Elizabeth, N.J.), Paiva, Ying and senior Ezra Schwartz (Bloomfield, N.J.) placed sixth in the 3200-meter relay in a time of 8:53.47.
In the women's meet, senior Sherene Stephens (Orange, N.J.) (pictured left) had a solid afternoon, placing second in the triple jump, as she broke her own school record and qualified for the ECAC Indoor Championships with a leap of 10.96 meters. She also added an eighth place finish in the 55-meter hurdles (9.99).
Rookie Jamie Sacco (Park Ridge, N.J.) added a fourth place finish in the high jump (1.53 meters).
A pair of Cougars placed in the pole vault, as senior Erin Jones (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) was fifth after clearing 2.95 meters. Rookie Maria Moya (Matawan, N.J.) tied for eighth place with a leap of 2.80 meters.
On the track, the 800-meter relay team of senior Demeka Pressley (Trenton, N.J.), sophomore Asha Winters (Ewing, N.J.), sophomore Marisa Petrone (Jefferson Twp., N.J.) and freshman Tinisha Mansaray (Franklin Twp., N.J.) placed fifth in a ECAC qualifying time of 1:50.43.
Union, N.J. (3/3/09) - Junior Nick Nolan (Linden, N.J.) and freshman Ryan Zamorsky (Branchburg, N.J.) were honored by the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) while freshman Dylan Laguna (Edison, N.J.) was selected by the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) as announced on Monday. Nolan earns NJAC Player of the Week honors after hitting .571 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, four RBI, and two runs scored in a pair of non-conference victories for the Cougars. He opened the week by going 2-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBI, and a run scored in Kean's 5-1 victory over FDU College at Florham. He wrapped up the week by going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, two RBI, and a run scored in a 3-0 win over DeSales. Nolan, who produced a pair of extra-base hits in each game, was responsible for driving in half of Kean's eight runs scored in the two contests combined.
Zamorsky earns NJAC Rookie Pitcher of the Week honors after garnering the win on the mound in the Cougars' 5-1 victory over FDU College at Florham. He scattered nine hits and surrendered just one earned run in eight innings of work. He also struck out five and walked just one to secure the first collegiate pitching victory of his career.
Laguna earns NJCBA Rookie of the Week honors in the first week of award announcements. In four games this season Laguna leads the team batting .500 (8-16) with a team-high seven runs scored along with six stolen bases in six attempts.
Union, N.J. (2/26/09) - Seniors Colin Feneis (Spotswood, N.J.) and Brandon Aich (Sayreville, N.J.) combined for Kean's first shutout of the season as the #4/7 Cougars defeated DeSales University, 3-0, Thursday afternoon at Jim Hynes Stadium. Feneis (1-0) tossed seven innings striking out seven and walking two to earn his first win of the 2009 season. Aich picked up his second save of the year after throwing two innings allowing just one hit and fanning three.
KU (4-0) pushed across the only run they would need in the bottom of the second as junior Michael Diaz (Westfield, N.J.) grounded out with the bases loaded to score Jared Orgel (East Hanover, N.J.) who reached on a leadoff single.
Junior Nick Nolan (Linden, N.J.) added some insurance in the bottom of the third with his second homerun of the season, a two-run blast that scored rookie Lee Cavico (North Brunswick, N.J.) who led off the inning with a walk.
Nolan was 2-for-3 with a homerun and double.
For DeSales (1-1), senior Chris Brian (Oak Ridge, N.J.) suffered the loss. Brian (0-1) allowed three runs, all earned, in five innings of work. He also struck out four and walked three.
PITMAN, N.J. (2/26/09) - Sophomore forward Jonathan Jones (Linden, N.J.) was named a New Jersey Athletic Conference honorable mention all-star, as voted on by the conference coaches and announced by the conference office on Thursday morning. Jones ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 8.6 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds this season, primarily off the bench. In 13 conference games, Jones averaged 7.4 rebounds a game to rank fourth in the NJAC, while his 24 blocks in NJAC action were tied for first in the conference.
The Cougars finished 12-14 overall, 5-8 in the NJAC and qualified for the conference playoffs for the second-straight season.
MONTCLAIR, N.J. (2/25/09) - Sophomore forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) registered a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and led four players in double figures as Kean University rolled past Montclair State, 76-55 in the semifinals of the New Jersey Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Championship Tournament at the MSU Student Recreation Center on Wednesday evening. Junior forward Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) added a game-high 18 points for Kean which will face The College of New Jersey for the NJAC Championship on Saturday, February 28 at Packer Hall in Ewing, NJ with the winner grabbing the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship. Tipoff is slated for 1:00 pm.
It will be the third meeting of the season between the Lions and the third time the two have met in the title game in the last six years. Kean has won the two previous contests in 2002 and 2007. The teams split the regular-season contests with each winning at home. Kean bested the Lions 74-72 in Union on January 29 with TCNJ taking the second contest 73-61 on February 18, a game that gave New Jersey the South Division title.
The Cougars will also look to become the first three-peat champion in the league since Rowan University won four consecutive titles from 1996-99.
Junior guard Jackie Berry (Tuckerton, N.J.) finished with 13 points and four rebounds For the Red Hawks (18-8), who had their nine-game winning streak snapped with their second loss to Kean this season. MSU dropped a 67-59 decision in Union on January 24.
Kean also improved to 5-0 against the Red Hawks in NJAC Tournament.
The Cougars exploded out of the gate to a 20-6 lead in the first five minutes of play. Alysha Taylor (Galloway, N.J.) drained a long jumper and Jackman scored four straight points for a 6-0 lead. Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) connected for four straight points and Patrick drove the lane twice as Kean led by 14 points.
The lead would swell to 36-10 with 7:21 left in the half as Patrick connected from down low.
Jackman finished with 12 points while Patrick collected 10 and five rebounds as Kean shot 19-of-39 from the field (48.7 percent) while limiting Montclair to just 8-of-28 from the floor (29 percent).
In the second half, Montclair State would get the deficit back under 20 points twice, the final time coming with 6:50 remaining as Berry converted a three-point play to make the score 60-41. But Taylor connected from behind the arc and Angelica Bermudez (Belleville, N.J.) dropped in a layup as the Cougars boosted the lead back to 65-41 with 5:48 left.
Senior guard Ebony Jackson (Newark, N,J.) added 14 points and five assists as the Cougars dominated on the boards outrebounding the Red Hawks 52-29, including 19 offensive boards. Brown was the fourth player in double figures as she scored 11 points while pulling down nine rebounds.
Senior guard Marianne McGovern (Fair Lawn, N.J.) had 12 points and three rebounds for Montclair State, which shot 34 percent for the game (21-of-62). Junior forward Kisandra Ayanbeku (Burlington, Mass.) had eight points, six rebounds and five steals.
EWING, N.J. (2/28/09) - In a quest for a third-straight New Jersey Athletic Conference women's basketball championship, the Kean University women's basketball team fell to host The College of New Jersey, 69-57, in the NJAC Championship game on Saturday afternoon. Senior center Hillary Klimowicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) scored 19 points and had nine rebounds and seven blocks to lead the Lions, who avenged last year's 70-61 loss to Kean at home for the conference title, and earned the NJAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament.
For the Cougars, junior Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) led all scorers with 25 points, including 22 in the second half, as Kean now awaits the announcement of the NCAA tournament field for an at-large bid on Monday morning. The Cougars had won the last two NJAC championships, while the Lions won their fourth conference championship.
Both teams came out of the gates slow, as TCNJ held just a 4-0 lead five minutes into the game, and the Cougars didn't make their first basket until the 13:39 mark when junior guard Alysha Taylor (Absegami, N.J.) made a lay-up.
The Lions followed with a 10-2 run to take a 14-4 lead midway through the first half, and would eventually lead by 14 points at 27-13 with 3:15 to go in the half, before taking a 30-17 lead at halftime.
Klimowicz had 13 points, as she hit 6-of-7 shots from the floor, to lead the Lions, while junior Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) had six points and two blocks for the Cougars.
After the Lions extended the lead to 15 points with the first basket of the second-half, Kean scored eight straight points as Taylor and Jackman knocked down back-to-back three-pointers and Jackman added a jumper to trim the lead to 32-25 with 15:29 remaining.
Jackman knocked down another three-pointer to keep the Cougars within single-digits at 38-30, however TCNJ followed with a 17-4 run to push the lead out to 21 points at 55-34 with just under eight minutes to go.
The Cougars could pull no closer than 14 points the rest of the way until Jackman knocked down back-to-back three-pointers in the final 34 seconds to put the final score at 69-57.
Taylor finished with 10 points, while senior guard Ebony Jackson (Newark, N.J.) had nine points and two steals before fouling out in the final minutes.
For the Lions, senior guard Alyssa Michella (Washington Twp., N.J.) finished with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while four assists and three steals .
Junior guard Nicole Diaz (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.) had 12 points, hitting 9-of-11 foul shots, while junior Alexandra Gregorek (Mahwah, N.J.) added 12 points and five rebounds off the bench.
EWING, N.J. (2/18/09) - In a battle for the New Jersey Athletic Conference South Division top seed and a first round bye in the upcoming NJAC playoffs, the Kean University women's basketball team fell to host The College of New Jersey in the regular season finale, 73-61, on Wednesday evening. Senior center Hillary Klimowicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) registered a double-double with 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Lions (21-4, 11-2 NJAC), who capture the NJAC South Division title for the second straight season by virtue of having just one loss against South Division opponents.
For the Cougars (19-6, 11-2 NJAC), juniors Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.) and Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) each finished with 13 points. Both of the Cougars' NJAC losses were against South Division opponents.
In the opening half, TCNJ took an 18-9 lead midway through the half and led by as many as 12 points en-route to taking a nine-point lead at halftime at 36-27. Klimowicz had her double-double by the break with 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lions, while Brown had six points for the Cougars.
Trailing 46-37 with 13:08 remaining, the Cougars scored five straight points as Triano knocked down a three-pointer and Brown converted a lay-up to pull Kean within 46-42 less than a minute later. However, that was as close as the Cougars would get, as TCNJ responded with a 13-2 run to extend the lead to 15 points at 59-44 with less than eight minutes remaining.
The Cougars hit just 31.9 percent of their shots, connecting on 23-of-72 shots and just 7-of-28 from long range.
Triano knocked down three three-pointers and added two assists and two steals for the Cougars, while Brown had a team-high four assists and five rebounds.
Kean's leading scorer Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) finished with 11 points, while sophomore forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals.
For the Lions, senior guard Alyssa Michella (Washington Twp., N.J.) added 15 points, while junior Nicole Diaz (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) added 11 points and five assists.
EWING, N.J. (2/18/09) - Junior guard Dean Hughes (Pemberton Twp., N.J.) scored a team-high 13 points, however the Kean University men's basketball team dropped a 71-54 decision to host The College of New Jersey in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Wednesday evening. In both teams' regular season finale, the Lions clinched the second seed for the NJAC South Division and earned a first-round home game, while the Cougars claim the third seed in the NJAC South.
For the Lions, junior guard Jay Frank (Brick, N.J.) had a game-high 16 points and three assists to lead four players in double figures.
TCNJ opened the game with a 19-5 run and extended the lead to 28-9 with less than five minutes to go in the half, before the Cougars scored seven straight points to pull within 31-16 at halftime.
Hughes led the Cougars with seven first-half points, while junior Aaron Syversten (Midland Park, N.J.) paced the Lions with nine points.
After the Lions pushed the lead out to 20 points at 41-21 early in the second half, Kean scored nine unanswered points to pull within 45-35 with 10:47 to go in the game. That would be as close as the Cougars would get, as the Lions responded with six straight points and would extend the lead back out to 19 points to clinch the second seed and a first-round home game.
For the Cougars, sophomore forward Akinwande Oshodi (Florence, N.J.) finished with 10 points, while junior Vinnie Darpino (Colonia, N.J.) had seven points, six rebounds and three assists.
In the victory, senior Jeff Molinelli (Pennington, N.J.) had 13 points, while Syversten finished with 12 points. Junior Steve Feinberg (Middletown, N.J.) added 10 points and sophomore Steven Siracusa (New Providence, N.J.) had a game-high 10 rebounds.
NEW YORK (2/13/09) - The Kean University men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed at the Rider-Lafayette Invitational at the Armory Track and Field Center, where the Cougars set three school records and had two more individuals and one relay team qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet, hosted by Rider University and Lafayette College, featured competitors from Division I, II and III. Freshman Aaron Lucas (Union, N.J.) had a busy afternoon, competing in three different events with a team-high fifth place finish in the high jump. The rookie tied his own school record and ECAC qualifying height with a leap of 1.99 meters to place tied for fifth in the high jump. On the track, Lucas (pictured right) just missed ECAC standards in the 200-meter dash (22.88 seconds), while also finishing 28th in the 60-meter dash (7.23 seconds).
Senior Seun Oyelaja (Lagos, Nigeria) qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 22.66 seconds to place 24th overall out of 79 competitors. He also placed 33rd out of 70 competitors in the 60-meter dash, finishing in 7.28 seconds.
Junior Matt Gough (Jefferson, N.J.) set a new program standard in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 51.32 seconds to place 28th out of 79 competitors.
In the long jump, senior Jason Staggers (Jackson, N.J.) met ECAC qualifying standards with his leap of 6.66 meters to place seventh overall out of 44 competitors. Staggers also fell just shy of breaking his own school record in the triple jump, finishing 20th with a jump of 13.17 meters.
The men's 1600-meter relay team qualified for the ECAC Championships in a school-record 3:25.86 to place 12th overall.
On the women's side, senior Sherene Stephens (Orange, N.J.) broke her own school record in the triple jump with a leap of 10.31 meters.
Freshman Jamie Sacco (Park Ridge, N.J.) placed 16th out of39 throwers in the shot put with a throw of 10.73 meters, while freshman Maria Moya (Matawan, N.J.) cleared 2.85 meters to place 13th in the pole vault.
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (2/7/09) - The Kean University men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed at the Frank Colden Invitational on Saturday afternoon, as the men's team finished seventh and the women placed ninth overall. Freshman Aaron Lucas (Union, N.J.) continues his strong rookie campaign, finishing first in high jump for the third time this season by clearing 1.97 meters. He also added a third-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 6.66 meters.
Senior Jason Staggers (Jackson, N.J.) placed fifth in the triple jump (13.16 meters) and was sixth in the long jump (6.34 meters).
In the shot put, sophomore John Badala (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and Ron Quacquarini (Green Brook, N.J.) placed fifth and seventh, respectively. Badala had a throw of 14.05 meters, while Quacquarini tossed the shot put 13.22 meters.
On the track, junior Matt Gough (Jefferson, N.J.) placed fourth in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 51.76 seconds. Senior Seun Oyelaja (Lagos, Nigeria) placed sixth in the 200-meter dash (23.53).
In the relays, the 1600-meter relay team finished in 3:33.31 to place fourth and the 3200-meter relay team was fifth in 8:51.40. The 800-meter relay squad added a seventh place finish in 1:37.11.
On the women's side, senior Sherene Stephens (Orange, N.J.) placed in a pair of events, finishing fifth in the 55-meter hurdles (9.49) and eighth in the triple jump (9.92 meters).
Freshman Maria Moya (Matawan, N.J.) was sixth in the pole vault (2.75 mters) and senior Erin Jones (Upple Saddle River, N.J.) placed seventh (2.60 meters).
Sophomore Sarah Lyon (Clymer, N.Y.) added an eighth place finish in the shot put with a toss of 9.33 meters.
The 1600-meter relay team was fourth in 4:27.68, while the 800-meter relay squad placed seventh in 1:54.85.
UNION, N.J. (2/11/09) - The Kean University women's basketball team nearly erased an eight point deficit in the final two minutes, however University of Scranton held on for the 61-59 victory over the host Cougars in a battle of nationally ranked teams on Wednesday evening. In a make-up from a snowed out game in December and a rematch of the Days Inn Tournament Championship Game at Gettysburg College in January, the #24 Cougars scored the final six points of the game and had a chance to tie in the final seconds before falling to the #19 Lady Royals for the second time this season.
Sophomore guard Megan Kopecki (Millington, N.J.) led Scranton with a game-high 20 points and five steals, while sophomore forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) had 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Kean.
Trailing 61-53 with 2:07 remaining, senior guard Ebony Jackson (Newark, N.J.) trimmed the deficit to six points following a lay-up. The Lady Royals missed a jumper and turned the ball over following an offensive rebound on their ensuing possession and Patrick pulled Kean to within four points after an offensive rebound and put-back with just 30 seconds left.
After the Cougars immediately fouled, Scranton missed the front-end of a one-and-one and Patrick followed with a lay-up to pull within 61-59 with 23 seconds remaining. The Cougars had a chance to tie or win with the final possession after Scranton missed another front-end of a one-and-one, however Kean was unable to convert one of their three final shots to send the game into overtime.
The Royals led throughout much of the first half, building a six-point lead at 14-6 on a three-pointer by Kopecki with 11:11 remaining in the half. The Cougars tied the game at 19-19 when junior guard Alysha Taylor (Absegami, N.J.) connected from long range three minutes later, however Scranton answered with five straight points to regain the lead and the Royals would take a 32-29 lead into halftime. Kopecki had 11 points and senior center Molly Klusek (Philadelphia, Pa.) added 10 points and three blocks in the first half, while Brown scored eight points for the Cougars.
In the second-half, the Cougars tied the game and took their first lead since the early minutes of the game on a lay-up by Jackson just 3:34 into the half. Kean extended the lead to five points (41-36) on a pair of free throws by sophomore Angelica Bermudez (Belleville, N.J.) with 13:53 left, however the Lady Royals followed with a 16-3 run to regain the lead for good and take a 52-44 lead with 7:16 remaining.
Kean junior guard Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) answered with a three-pointer, however the Lady Royals would push the lead back out to eight points two more times before Kean's closing run fell short.
For the Cougars, Jackson finished with 15 points, four assists and four steals, while junior forward Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
In the victory for Scranton, Klusek finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks, while junior guard Ryan Mooney (Spring City, Pa.) had a game-high six assists and six rebounds.
GLASSBORO, N.J. (2/7/09) - Five players scored in double figures to lead Rowan University over Kean University, 87-55 in NJAC action on Saturday afternoon. Kean drops to 11-12 on the season and 4-7 in the NJAC. Forward Brian Lytle (Union, N.J.) scored 12 points to lead the Cougars. Rowan improves to 11-11 overall and 4-6 in the conference with the win. Forward Tyson Hartnett (Medford, N.J.) was the scoring leader with 26 points.
In the first half, freshman Michael Oglesby (Neptune, N.J.) nailed a three at 9:37 to close the gap to nine (22-13). After Rowan went up by 13 points (31-18) with 6:34 remaining, the Cougars pulled within five points (32-27) at 4:47 after a three by guard Vinnie Darpino (Colonia, N.J.). The Profs closed the period on a 10-5 run to lead 42-32 at the intermission. Lytle led KU with seven first half points while junior Dean Hughes (Pemberton, N.J.) added six.
In the second half, Rowan pulled away with 14 straight points in a four minute span for a 29 point advantage (67-38). The Profs outscored the Cougars, 45-23 in the final 20 minutes, with 18 points from the charity stripe.
GLASSBORO, N.J. (2/7/09) - Forward Ashley Cieplicki (Haworth, N.J.) converted a three-point play with 1.3 seconds remaining to give Rowan University a 57-54 upset victory over #17/19 Kean University in NJAC action on Saturday.Kean tied things up at 54-54 following two free throws by Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) with 31 seconds left. Rowan held on for the last shot and Cieplicki pulled down a rebound at the four second mark. She quickly put the ball back in and was fouled with 1.3 seconds remaining. She sank the free throw and the Cougars missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Profs improve to 12-7 overall and 6-4 in the conference. The Cougars fall to 18-4 overall, breaking a nine game winning streak and suffer their first conference loss (10-1). Forward Jessica Nimbley (Middletown, N.J.) led Rowan with 15 points while Jackman scored a game-high 24 points and had five steals for KU.
In second half action, Cieplicki's foul shot at the 15 minute mark made the score 42-27. Kean went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to seven (42-35) at 11:49. Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) scored four points, Jackman hit a three-pointer and senior Ebony Jackson (Newark, N.J.) added a free throw. The Profs had a 13 point advantage (50-37) before the Cougars scored the next 11 points to come within two points (50-48) with 2:34 on the clock. Jackson and Patrick each had four points, while Jackman added three. Danielle Brown's (North Brunswick, N.J.) layup at 1:12 tied the game (52-52). Nimbley had two foul shots (:53) before Jackman's two free throws tied the game at 54.
In first half action and with the game tied 12-12 with12:52 remaining, Rowan scored 16 straight points over the next 8:48 to take a 28-12 lead. A Prof layup as time expired gave Rowan a 15 point halftime advantage (35-20).
Patrick finished with 15 points and eight rebounds while Jackson posted nine points, six boards and four assists.
Wayne, N.J. (1/31/09) - Junior Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) led all players with a season-high 26 points as #19/21 Kean University defeated host William Paterson University, 81-74, Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) added a double-double 18 points and 12 rebounds as Kean improved to 17-3 overall and a perfect 9-0 in New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) action. Sophomore April Smith (Barnegat, N.J.) led the Pioneers with 20 points and 10 rebounds as WPU drops to 15-6 and 7-2 in conference play.
In what started as a tight and messy affair in the first minutes of play, the Cougars found a way to pull away as Jackman ignited a 17-2 run for KU with a three-pointer at 15:52. She would go on to score 10 points in the run. Jackman led all scorers with 20 first half points while Patrick added eight points and six rebounds as Kean headed into the lockerroom with a 43-32 lead.
The beginning of the second half proved to exactly the same as the first, tight and messy. The Pioneers chipped away and took the lead with 12:22 remaining as BriAnna Lucas (Hamilton, N.J.) recorded two from the charity stripe. The Cougars quickly regained the lead and led by as many as nine as Patrick hit two from the free-throw line with 6:53 to go.
That lead quickly vanished as WPU went on a 13-3 run over the next five minutes and took the lead as Deidra Thompson (Prospect Park, N.J.) hit a jumper in the paint with 2:37 to go. Senior Ebony Jackson (Newark, N.J.) would later tie the game and give KU the lead for good as she hit two from the charity stripe with just over two minutes on the clock. The Cougars sealed the win with six points from the line in the final 30 seconds of action.
Jackson finished with 15 points while junior Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) added 12 points and seven rebounds.
UNION, N.J. (2/4/09) - Junior guard Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) had a game-high 26 points to lead the Kean University women's basketball team to a 81-54 victory over Richard Stockton College in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Wednesday evening. Jackman added six rebounds and five assists for the #17/19 Cougars (18-3, 10-0 NJAC), who remain undefeated in conference play. For the Ospreys (6-15, 2-8 NJAC), freshman center LaTonya Oliver (West Berlin, N.J.) had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Cougars scored the first 18 points of the game and held a 22-2 lead before the Ospreys made their first field goal with 11:04 remaining in the first half on a lay-up by Oliver. Kean led by as many as 26 points following a three-point play by sophomore guard Renee Henry (Hackensack, N.J.) (pictured right) before taking a 44-21 lead into halftime.
Junior guard Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) paced the Cougars with 12 points, while sophomore forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) had nine points and six rebounds in the first half. For the Ospreys, Oliver had eight points and four rebounds.
In the second half, Kean extended the lead to as many as 28 points at 60-32 with 11:57 remaining, before the Ospreys cut the deficit to 20 points with 6:41 left in the game following a 12-4 run. The Cougars answered with a 13-2 run to lead by as many as 31 points en-route to their ninth straight victory.
Henry finished with a career-best 14 points off the bench, hitting 6-of-8 shots from the floor, while also adding four assists and three steals in 26 minutes. Patrick (pictured left) finished with nine points, seven rebounds and a career-best nine steals, as the Cougars made 17 steals as a team.
Senior guard Ebony Jackson (Newark, N.J.) battled foul trouble througout the game, but managed three assists in the first half to give her 600 assists for her career.
Also in double-figures for Richard Stockton, sophomore forward Julia Fagan (New Britain, Conn.) finished with 10 points, while sophomore forward Kristin Sciarrillo (Edison, N.J.) also had 10 rebounds.
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (1/23/09) - The Kean University track and field team returned to action for the first time in 2009, competing at the Collegeville Indoor Classic at Ursinus College on Friday afternoon. In the 19-team meet, the Cougar men finished seventh with 42 points, while the women scored 23 points to place ninth. In just his second collegiate meet, freshman Aaron Lucas (Union, N.J.) etched his name in the Kean record books with a new school record in the high jump and tying the program mark in the long jump. Lucas captured the long jump title, tying the school record of 6.73 meters (22-1) held by senior Jason Staggers (Jackson, N.J.), while also finishing second in the high jump with a school-record leap of 1.97 meters (6-5.5).
Staggers, who set the long jump record last season, placed tied for eighth in both the triple jump and high jump. He had a leap of 13.02 meters (42-8.75) in the triple jump and cleared 1.82 meters (5-11.5) in the high jump.
Sophomore John Badala (Scotch Plains, N.J.) placed second in the shot put (14.28 meters/46-10.25),to set a new program mark and just miss qualifying for the ECAC Division III Championships. Senior Brian Vanderstad (Pompton Lakes, N.J.) placed eighth in the event with a throw of 13.29 meters (43-7.25).
On the track , senior Seun Oyelaja (Lagos, Nigeria) was seventh in the 55-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 6.76 seconds.
In the relays, the men's 800-meter relay team finished fourth in 1:34.28, was fifth in the 1600-meter relay (3:33.32) and was seventh in the distance medley relay (12:35.56).
Freshman Jamie Sacco (Park Ridge, N.J.) had a solid afternoon, finishing fifth in the high jump (1.47 metesr/4-9.75) and sixth in the shot put (10.52 meters/34-6.25). Fellow classmate Maria Moya (Matawan, N.J.) added a fourth place finish in the pole vault with a leap of 2.75 meters (9-0.25).
The women placed fourth in the 1600-meter relay (4:26.12) and 800-meter relay (1:54.33).
UNION, N.J. (1/24/09) - Sophomore forward Jonathan Jones (Linden, N.J.) had 13 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, however the Kean University men's basketball team dropped a 80-67 decision to Montclair State University in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon. Freshman guard Ali Mix (East Orange, N.J.) scored a game-high 18 points and had three assists to lead four Red Hawks (13-5, 5-2 NJAC) in double-figures. For the Cougars (10-9, 3-4 NJAC), sophomore Akinwande Oshodi (Florence, N.J.) chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds.
In the opening half, the MSU scored eight straight points to take an early 8-2 lead less than three minutes into the contest. The Cougars battled back, taking a 13-10 lead on a three-pointer by junior Eugene Tolliver (East Orange, N.J.) with 12:37 remaining in the half.
Montclair State responded with a 12-0 run, as freshman Paul Siljee (Wayne, N.J.) knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to cap the run for the 22-13 lead with 8:32 remaining. The Cougars pulled back to within six points before the Red Hawks pushed the lead out to double digits to take a 15-point advantage at halftime at 43-28.
Siljee finished with 11 first-half points, while Jones paced the Cougars with seven points, seven rebounds and four blocks in the opening half.
The Red Hawks led by double-figures throughout much of the second half, before the Cougars trimmed the lead to eight points on a lay-up by Jones with 4:43 remaining. Both teams traded baskets on the ensuing possessions, and the Cougars could pull no closer than nine points in the final minutes, as the Red Hawks connected on 6-of-8 from the foul line in the last minute to seal the victory.
Jones established new career-highs with his 15 rebounds and five blocks, while freshman guard Michael Oglesby (Neptune, N.J.) grabbed 12 points and added seven points in 19 minutes of action off the bench. Senior guard Yasien Beatty (Jersey City, N.J.) had a solid game, finishing with seven points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Siljee finished with 14 points in just nine minutes of action off the bench. Also in double-figures for the Red Hawks, junior forward Daniel McRae (Orange, N.J.) had 12 points and three blocks, while sophomore guard James Williams (Englewood, N.J.) added 11 points and four steals.
UNION, N.J. (1/24/09) - Senior guard Ebony Jackson (Newark, N.J.) had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Kean University women's basketball team to a 67-59 victory over Montclair State University in a key New Jersey Athletic Conference game on Saturday afternoon. Junior guard Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) added 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks, as the #22/24 Cougars (15-3, 7-0) remain undefeated in conference play and hand the Red Hawks (11-6, 6-1) their first loss in conference play.
Junior forward Catherine Cristino (Farmingdale, N.J.) and freshman Jaime Ericson (Flemington, N.J.) each had 18 points to lead the Red Hawks.
In the early minutes of the game, the Cougars scored seven straight points to cap a 9-2 run to open the game. Montclair State used an 8-2 run to pull back within 13-12 with 12:42 remaining in the half, before the Cougars extended the lead back out to seven points at 25-18 on a lay-up by Jackson with 7:08 left.
The Red Hawks cut the deficit back to two points with under four minute remaining, before a three-pointer by Jackman gave the Cougars a five-point lead 30-25 going into halftime.
Jackson scored eight points and had four assists for the Cougars in the opening half, while Ericson came off the bench to score eight points and grab seven rebounds for Montclair State.
Kean led throughout the entire second half, and led by as many as nine points on a pair of occasions early in the half. The Red Hawks pulled to within two points numerous times and trailed just 58-55 with just over five minutes remaining on a jumper by Ericson. Jackman helped seal the victory down the stretch, scoring five points in the final minutes for the team's sixth-straight victory.
Junior forward Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) had her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while also adding four steals and three blocks. Sophomore forward Angelica Bermudez (Belleville, N.J.) also finished in double-figures, scoring 11 points and adding three blocks, while sophomore forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) had eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
For the fifth time in the last six games, the Cougars recorded double-figures in blocks as a team, finishing with 13 blocked shots, as four different players made three blocks apiece.
Ericson had a double-double for the Red Haws, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. In addition to her 18 points, Cristino added three steals, while junior guard Jackie Berry (Tuckerton, N.J.) had nine points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals.
UNION, N.J. (1/19/09) - Sophomore forward Akinwande Oshodi (Florence, N.J.) scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Kean University men's basketball team to a 75-59 victory over College of Staten Island in non-conference action on Monday afternoon. Oshodi was a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor for the Cougars (10-8), while junior guard Ryan Hennessey (Staten Island, N.Y.) led the Dolphins (4-12) with 19 points on the strength of five three-pointers.
In the opening half, the Cougars used a pair of 9-0 runs to build a 27-9 lead, capped by a tip-in by sophomore forward Jonathan Jones (Linden, N.J.) with 9:05 remaining in the first half. Kean extended the lead to as many as 20 points on a pair of occasions and took a 39-21 lead into the break.
Oshodi led the Cougars with 11 points and junior Dean Hughes (Pemberton Twp., N.J.) chipped in with nine points, hitting all four of his field goals. Hennessey netted 12 points, all on three-pointers, to lead the way for Staten Island.
The Cougars led by double-digits throughout the entire second-half, as the Dolphins could pull no closer than 12 points on several occasions, the last time at 55-43 following a jumper by sophomore guard Dale Taranto (Staten Island, N.Y.) with just under eight minutes remaining.
Kean extended the lead back out to 24 points en-route to the 16-point victory for their third straight win.
In the victory, junior forward Brian Lytle (Union, N.J.) finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Jones (pictured right) chipped in with seven points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
For the Dolphins, junior forward Christian Montervino (Trenton, N.J.) scored 12 points and freshman guard Emmanual Frank (Staten Island, N.Y.) had eight points and six rebounds.